Archive | April 2014

Theme music

Today Pitch Slammers will be tossing out songs that go with the theme of their books, characters, scenes etc. I’ll be jumping into the fray with songs for Conquest of a Queen.

Main Characters

Isabel Kendra – Power Inside Me by Richard Marx

Isabel has always prided herself on being a strong, independent woman but her adventures in Baelcrest show her exactly how much strength she really has. Even in moments of fear and doubt, Isabel constantly struggles to come out ahead. Failure is not an option.

 

Leticia Kendra, Mirror Mage and mother to Isabel – Fighter by Christina Aguilera

Leticia went through Hell and back since her husband disappeared but rather than collapse under the strain of it all, the woman rose above it and became a shining example of strength to her growing daughter.

 

Alaric, Prince of Lothiari – Hero by Nickelback

Every bit the fairy tale prince, Alaric is ready to ride to the rescue of a damsel in distress and do battle with the forces of evil. However, when he finds Isabel is usually able to get herself out of danger he doesn’t know what to do with himself. When he finds himself falling for the strange woman, he questions if he could ever be worthy of her.

 

Ilythia, Dowager Empress of Lothiari – You Gotta Be by Desiree

The Dowager Empress has lived through war, the loss of her beloved and not just running a kingdom but heading the Crystal Palace Alliance as well as raising a future king. Throughout it all, this graceful elderly woman has remained poised and strong even during moments of fear and uncertainty. I think this song falls in line with a belief system she would pass on to her children and grandchildren.

 

Nancy Harrington/Valeska, Queen of Rune – She’s Country by Jason Aldean

Having idolized her brash pillar of a father, Nancy relies on her Texas upbringing to take the enemy by storm and get back the kingdom her family had lost. 

 

Iskander, King of Shayn’del – Something Inside So Strong by Labi Siffre

Iskander puts the needs of his people before himself. He is duty bound to do the right thing but when he thinks he must step down because of an injury, he discovers what’s necessary to become a true leader.

 

Secondary Characters

Lennox, Man at Arms – Indestructible by Disturbed

Prince Alaric’s right hand man and defender of the kingdom of Lothiari, Lennox takes his duties very seriously. He will fight to the death for his kingdom, his friends and the woman he loves.

 

Nerissa, Princess Regent of Rune – Bad Mama Jama by Carl Carlton

This princess has been holding down the fort from a very young age and no matter how many times she’s knocked down she just doesn’t know the meaning of staying down. Nerissa does what she has to do and drives men wild while she does it.

 

Lavinia, Princess of Abiloth – Let the Bodies Hit the Floor by Drowning Pool

This petite poised beauty is a tiny bit upset about her life in Abiloth.

 

Villains

Phaedra, sorceress – Lady Evil by Black Sabbath

Crossing paths with this sorceress is a bad idea. Even when she’s cordial and smiles she’s most assuredly planning your death. 

 

Rakad, Lord of the Underworld – Death, Death by Voltaire

The Lord of the Underworld is incredibly dark and snarky. His very gaze make those he comes for tremble until they pee. He doesn’t really give a damn about anyone or anything and his favorite part of the job is screwing with people’s heads.

 

Torquil, King of the Goblins – Evil Fantasies by Judas Priest

This song is the embodiment of the dark and twisted mind of the Goblin King.

 

Writing playlist

And now l bring you a playlist of songs I listen to that inspire me while I’m writing. In general I typically listen to classical and new age instrumental music to open my brain and get the creative juices flowing. However, when I want to focus on love scenes, fighting or the mindset of a villain, I change things up a bit.

General inspiration

I love listening to light and gentle music that won’t exactly put you to sleep.

Love scenes

When I’m writing about my characters doing the horizontal mambo and scenes leading up to it, I tend to lean towards funky rhythmic songs with smooth beats and sultry sounds.

Battle scenes

When my characters are locked in battle or chewing each other out, I like to write with some adventurous music in the background.

Villains

When it comes to writing my villains I tend to lean towards the darker synthy sounds of New Wave/New Goth/Goth Core/Dark Wave or whatever the hell else they’re calling it now

Pitch Slam Manuscript Music

Greetings and salutations!

This week you will see many posts and tweets from me regarding my novel, Conquest of a Queen, for a contest called Pitch Slam. With any luck these efforts will land me some representation. *waves frantically* Hullooo judges! Anyway, today participants have been asked to blog about music that would accompany their manuscripts. Like say, our babies were brought to the big screen so here is the soundtrack I would choose for Conquest of a Queen. I don’t want to give too much of the story away so if you don’t mind, I’ll have to be a bit vague in places. Pasta banana, folks!

Opening Music – I’m a Believer by Smash Mouth

Picture if you will, a young woman in chef whites meeting with a bunch of suits, calling out commands in a busy commercial kitchen, then rolling up in a yellow jeep into the driveway of a house as the sun sets

 

Isabel has dinner at her mom’s – Animal by Bitman & Roban

Poor Isabel cringes as her mom’s latest fix up attempts to put the moves on her before she escapes into the kitchen to fight with her mother.

 

Isabel enters her ransacked house – Lizard at school by James Horner

Lightning flashes and thunder rumbles announcing a coming storm. The power is off and Isabel discovers that her home has been broken into.

 

Fight scene between Isabel and Rakad – Invasion by Alan Silvestri

Isabel encounters a large formidable looking man who wants her to come with him. Isabel has another idea.

 

Leticia tells Isabel about her father – Breathe Me by Sia

Isabel learns the truth about her parents’ identities

 

The Coronation Ball – Dances from Terpsichore: Courante

Pretty people in pretty outfits congregate in a magical setting

 

The palace is attacked – Tilt by Thomas Newman

The Goblins are coming! The Goblins are coming!

 

Dragon flight – Night wind by David Arkenstone

Picture yourself soaring through the clouds courtesy of a fleet of dragons

 

The Temple of Nerys Island – Whisper by Kitaro

Magic and mystery abounds

 

The prophecy – Teardrop by Massive Attack

The Oracle’s words fill Isabel’s mind with visions of impending doom

 

The Eagle Lord’s party – Water Music Suite #1 in F 

Elegant but unusual scene with people who resemble… birds?

 

Battle over the amulet – Buster Voodoo by Rodrigo y Gabriela

Isabel and friends have overstayed their welcome and their host insists on taking a trinket that isn’t his.

 

Isabel in the forest – I Still Believe by The Call

Isabel has a mission but has no idea how to accomplish it. She discovers a wish can be a powerful thing in Baelcrest.

 

Battle with the Shumi king – Sons De Po by Dazkarieh

Isabel throws down with a powerful enemy.

 

Activating the Silver Fleet/Journey to the Shumkarja Outlands – Rotation by Herb Albert

 

Shumi ceremony – Marco Polo by Loreena McKennitt

Isabel becomes a queen

 

Isabel and Alaric love scene – Semilla Negra by Marlango

 

Goblin attack and escape/Battlefront – Ebla by ES Posthumus

 

Nancy and Iskander in the woods – Dice by Finley Quaye

 

Bath scene – Think Twice by Groove Armada

Nancy and Iskander get chummy while she helps him shave

 

Nancy and Iskander love scene – God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton

 

The scrying ring – The Mystic’s Dream by Loreena McKennitt

The gods bestow a gift on Nancy that allows her to see her birth parents in their final moments.

 

A Traitor in their midst/Confrontation – Broken by Depeche Mode

 

Rescue/Mirror Mage fight/Isabel battles the sorceress – Neckbrace by Ratatat

 

Confession – How Deep is Your Love by The Bird and The Bee

Isabel and Alaric have a final confrontation

 

Closing – Music Cannons by Youth Lagoon